A seven-run third inning kickstarted 12 Detroit Tigers' runs on Saturday, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 12-9 in an afternoon showdown at Comerica Park.
Tigers' starter Annibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.44 ERA) hurled 6.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, while striking out six Twins' batters.
Ten extra base hits for the Tigers included two doubles from Torii Hunter, the 17th home run of the season for Victor Martinez, and a near perfect afternoon for rookie Eugenio Suarez, who bashed a double, triple, and the third home run of his career in just his eighth career game in the MLB.
The Tigers posted runs in innings three-seven, but once again, it was the bullpen that made the matinee contest slightly more interesting than expected.
An 11-1 Tigers' lead was narrowed to just a handful of runs after eight Twins were driven in from innings seven-nine. A stellar start from Sanchez went to the wire after the reins were handed to the bullpen, which struggled mightly. Tiger relievers surrendered six earned runs on eight hits during the course of just 2.2 innings pitched.
Samuel Deduno (2-5) was the losing pitcher for the Twins, as the right-hander was chased in the third inning after surrendering seven earned runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
The Tigers will cap off the weekend series with the Twins in a 1:00 p.m. game at Comerica Park tomorrow on AM 590 WKZO